National Healthcare Decisions Day: April 16
What is National Healthcare Decisions Day?
National Healthcare Decisions Day, on Monday, April 16, exists to inspire, educate and empower the public and health care providers about the importance of advance care planning.
Understanding Advance Directives
An advance directive is a written statement in which you state your choices for health care, or name someone to make such choices for you, if you become unable to make your own decisions about medical treatment.
As a staff member, if you have a patient who is asking about limiting or stopping their treatment or is beginning to make decisions about what they want or don’t want for their healthcare, an advance directive would be a great suggestion for them.
The most common Advance Directives are:
- Medical Powers of Attorney for Healthcare
- Living Wills
- Nebraska Emergency Treatment Orders (NETO)
- Iowa Physician Orders for Scope of Treatment (IPOST)
Do you have your Advance Directive Completed?
Every person of any age or health status can benefit from completing an advance directive. If you are a staff member and would like to complete your own advance directive, call the chaplains at Methodist Hospital and Methodist Women’s Hospital or call the Social Workers at Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital.